Box Hill United senior women slipped to a 4-2 defeat against South Melbourne FC at Wembley Park in difficult weather conditions on Saturday, and striker Emma Hubbard rued “a disappointing loss”.
Despite the final scoreline, Box Hill’s ladies gave a good account of their abilities, with Hubbard and Asuka Kakazu reducing the deficit, and the latter finding her looping shot pawed onto the crossbar by South’s goalkeeper.
Moreover, the visitors’ backline cleared away goal-bound attempts of Adelyn Ayton and Caitlin Storay from inside the box.
Reviewing the tough match-up, Hubbard said, “We played well and kept trying to score and get at it, which was good all the way to the end. However, we were unlucky and made a few mistakes that resulted in goals, and we couldn’t quite get our opportunities in the net. So, [it was] a disappointing loss.
“We didn’t want to let the rain affect our game. There were times when it was very windy [and] we [kept] the ball on the ground. We just tried to play hard no matter what the weather was.”
Following a difficult last five rounds in the NPLW, which yielded a solitary win, the side now have three consecutive away games lined up, beginning with Heidelberg United on Sunday.
With the challenges in the coming weeks, Hubbard reasoned the team needs to stick together to bounce back. “Heidelberg have been doing well, so it will be an interesting match to see how they are. We need to try and get a win after these last few weeks, try and get back on the way and get a few goals in the net,” said the former Boroondara Eagles striker.
“We need to remember to be positive, keep each other going and play for each other. Rather than get down, we need to focus and play on for the next game.”
Hubbard has been leading the line for the team with five league goals so far and has flourished alongside youngster Maja Markovski in the forward line.
Talking about the partnership, the hardworking Hubbard said, “I am happy with the goals I have scored so far, but I still need to be putting away a few more of the opportunities that I am getting.
“Her (Maja) and I play quite well together. We counter-balance each other, moving around each other, and [are] getting used to one person holding it up and [the other] running around. We are playing well together and the more we keep playing, the better we will get.”
The senior member of this duo, Hubbard said, “We discuss when we make mistakes, what run would be better. Essentially, we move round each other. I try to give her the experience that I have, and she gives me the experience she has. We are learning off each other.”